Prison: Nine Haiku from Hällby Youth Prison (1959), Tomas Tranströmer. Translated from the Swedish by Malena Mörling. Postscript by Jonas Ellerström.
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Portland & Salt Lake City: Tavern Books, 2011. First Edition, First Printing. 5-1/2 x 7-1/2". 32pp. With notes about the authors and the translator. Sewn into white wraps with an illustrated dust jacket. A Fine copy, as New. // "Tomas Tranströmer worked for several years as a psychologist for juvenile delinquents. In 1959 he visited his colleague Åke Nordin, who was also a poet, at the Hällby youth prison in the southern part of Sweden. Later that year he sent Nordin a sequence of nine haiku, giving his impressions of the prison milieu. These poems were rediscovered in 2001 and are presented here in a bilingual edition. | Tomas Tranströmer, winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature, is one of the most celebrated and influential poetic figures of his generation. He was born in Stockholm in 1931 and educated at the Södra Latin School and the University of Stockholm, where he received a degree in psychology. He began his psychology career in the early 1960s at Roxtuna, a juvenile corrections institute in Sweden, and worked for several decades in the field. Since the publication of 17 Dikter (17 Poems) in 1954, Tranströmer has written eleven full-length collections of poetry, most recently Den stora gåtan (The Vast Enigma) in 2004. He is one of the world's most translated poets (with books appearing in numerous editions in over fifty languages). In addition to his renown as a poet, Tranströmer is also a highly regarded concert pianist and entomologist. He lives with his wife in Stockholm." ~ from the publisher. Image or additional images available upon request